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162                                 OPENING OF THE CATHOLIC CHUUCE.

All Saints1 Day* 1$74$ only nine- months after the work had been commenced*
The nave and aisles were then taken in hand, and on the recurrence of the
same feast, two years later, in 1876, the entire edifice was solemnly blessed by
the Bishop of Agra.    On- that occasion the interior presented a very striking
appearance, the floor being spread -with handsome Persian carpets, and a profu-
sion of large crystal chandeliers suspended in all the inter-cobommations ; while
the Bishop's throne of white marble was . surmounted by a. canopy of silk and
cloth of gold ; magnificent baldachinos^ also of gold embroidery, were suspend-
ed above the three altars? and the entire sanctuary was draped from. top to bot-
tom with costly Indian tapestry.   These beautiful accessories, several thousands
of rupees ia value, were kindly lent by the Seths, the Eaja of Hathras and
other leading members of the Hindu community, many of whom had alsaassist-
ed with handsome pecuniary donations.    As a further indication of their liberal
sentiments, they themselves attended the function in the evening — the first
public act of Christian worship at which they had ever been present — and ex-
pressed themselves as being much impressed by the elaborate ceremonial and the
Gregorian tones, which latter they identified with their own immemorial Veclic
chants.    In consequence of my transfer from the district, the building, though
complete in essentials, will ever remain architecturally unfinished.    The west-
ern facade is flanked by two stone stair-turrets (one built at the cost of L|la
Syam Sundar Das) which have only been brought up to the level of the aisle
roof, though it was intended to raise them much higher and put bells in them.
There were also to have been four kiosques at the comers of the dome, for the
reception of statues, but two only have been executed; the roof of the transepts
was to have been raised to a level with that of the nave, and the plain parapet
of the aisles would have been replaced by one of carved stone.   The High Altar,
moreover, is only a temporary erection of brick and plaster.   I was at work up-
on the Tabernacle for it, when I received Sir George Couper's orders to go j and
naturally enough they were a great blow to me.   The total cost hud been
Es. 18,100.
In the civil station most of the houses are large and commodious- and, being
the property of the Seth, the most liberal of landlords, are never allowed to
offend the eye by falling out of repair. One huilt immediately after the mutiny
for the use of the Collector of the district is an exceptionally handsome and sub-
stantial edifice. The Court-house, as already mentioned on page 106, was com-
pleted in the year 1861, and has a long and rather imposing facade; but though
it stands at a distance of not more than 100 yards from th© high road, the
ground in front of it has been so carelessly planted th^t a person, who had no